Breed Group: Herding
Weight: Male: 65-75; Female: 60-70 lbs
Height: Male: 24-26; Female: 22-24 inches
Color(s): Fawn, gray, red; with black overlap. The ears and face are black.
Originating in Belgium, this breed was developed for the herding and guarding of sheep. The Tervuren is one of four breeds of Belgian Shepherds and is considered to be the more glamorous-looking. During World War I and II they were used as draft dogs, messengers, and sentry dogs. Today they continue their farm work as well as being used for police and guide dogs.
A medium-sized, well-balanced breed, the Tervuren exhibits an elegant appearance and is well known for its beautiful coat. They are impressive, graceful, and powerful. This breed is courageous, agile, and alert.
The Belgian Shepherd Tervuren is loyal and thrives on companionship. They are not recommended for inexperienced dog owners. They are protective and typically bond closely to one family member. They are suspicious and wary of strangers and will guard and protect their family, property, and territory. They do well with children they have been raised with but may not tolerate unfamiliar children. It is imperative that children not engage the Tervuren in chasing games, tug-of-war, or rough-house play. This breed does well with dogs they have been raised with but are not recommended for homes with non-canine pets. They do not do well if ignored or left alone for extended periods of time. Boredom and loneliness will lead to destructive behavior.
Weekly brushing is recommended to remove loose hair, debris, and prevent matting. Bathing should only be done when necessary. The Belgian Shepherd Tervuren is prone to such health issues as anesthesia sensitivity, PRA, thyroid problems, cancer, epilepsy, and hip and elbow dysplasia.
The Belgian Tervuren is a double coat breed. The outer coat is straight, long, and abundant. The under coat is dense and consists of fine, black hair. The hair is feathery and more profuse at the chest, shoulders, and neck. The tail is densely covered.
The Belgian Shepherd Tervuren is highly intelligent and obedient. However, they are very demanding and dominant. Early, intense, and ongoing socialization and obedience is an absolute must. This breed will resent and not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, consistency, and reward.
The Belgian Shepherd Tervuren breed requires an inordinate amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation. They are not recommended for city or apartment living. The Tervuren does best in a rural setting with a job to do and ample room to safely roam, run, work, and play.
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